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The key to Leonardo da Vinci's genius is a practice that anyone can learn

In late 2017, <i>Salvator Mundi</i>, one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sold for $450.3 million.<p>For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that's quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn't even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity.<p>When the word</i> …

Assassin's Creed Origins: how Ubisoft painstakingly recreated ancient Egypt

Ubisoft has enlisted leading Egyptologists, historians and hieroglyphics-deciphering AI to create an authentic experience of the age of Cleopatra<p>In 49 BCE Cleopatra ascended to the Egyptian throne amid enormous geopolitical upheaval and radical change. With the final war of the Roman Republic …

The famed painters who vanished into obscurity

<b>Two exhibitions open this month devoted to a group of working class artists from the East End of London who became art world celebrities in the late 1920s and 1930s - only to be forgotten after World War Two.</b><p>They were known as the East London Group, and among their ranks were humble office clerks, …

Watch Actors Transform Into Living Van Gogh Paintings Before Your Eyes

The mesmerizing stills are from the upcoming, entirely painted biopic "Loving Vincent."<p>Art history buffs, prepare yourselves.<p>“Loving Vincent,” a star-studded biopic about the life of Vincent van Gogh that’s been hailed as the first fully painted feature film ever made, debuts on Sept. 22. And while …

A Dutch sculptor spent 27 years building giant kinetic creatures

For the last 27 years, Theo Jansen – a Dutch kinetic sculpture – has been creating new forms of life out of plastic pipes. His beach creatures, …

22 Public Works of Art You Have to Visit in Your Lifetime

Reach for that bucket list, because we've got a few things to add to it. From Antony Gormley to Claes Oldenburg, when it comes to public works of art, they're responsible for the crème de la crème, and you can visit them! Read on for the 22 global art spots you just can't miss . . . then keep …

5 Famous Artists Who Lived With Mental Illness

The idea that mental illness somehow contributes to or enhances creativity has been discussed and debated for centuries. Even the Ancient Greek …

Mental Health

X-rays of rare Degas sculptures reveal artist's secrets

<b>Scientists have used X-ray images to show that the artist Edgar Degas used everyday objects, such as wine bottle corks, to bulk out his wax sculptures.</b><p>Only three of the artist's rare beeswax creations - depicting dancers - are held in the UK.<p>Conservation scientists at the Fitzwilliam Museum in …

Medieval wall paintings uncovered in Welsh church

Rare medieval paintings thought to be “beyond compare in Wales” are being uncovered on the walls of a church.<p><i>Detail of wall painting showing St.</i> …

What medieval Europe did with its teenagers

<b>Today, there's often a perception that Asian children are given a hard time by their parents. But a few hundred years ago northern Europe took a particularly harsh line, sending children away to live and work in someone else's home. Not surprisingly, the children didn't always like it.</b><p>Around the …

Top Ten Monsters of the Middle Ages

People in the Middle Ages, just like today, could imagine a very strange monster! They created tales and stories about fantastical beasts, some of …

The message of love hidden in medieval graffiti

Historians studying graffiti in ancient churches have found what they believe might be writing by one of medieval English literature's most extraordinary "lost" talents – including his signature.<p>Benedictine monk John Lydgate, a contemporary of Chaucer who wrote for three kings and the late 14th and …

What medieval graffiti can teach us about the Christianity of the times

Historian and archaeologist Matt Champion is behind a project that is hoping to reveal more about faith and life in medieval England. His sources? …

Archaeology

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: How Messages were sent in the Middle Ages

<b>By Danièle Cybulskie</b><p>This week, many of us are saying fond farewells to our friends and colleagues who have headed to Kalamazoo, MI for the …

‘Dracula’s tomb’ discovered in Italy

Esma ÇAKIR – ROME / Doğan News Agency<p>Count Vlad Tepes is also known as Vlad the Impaler<p>Estonian researchers believe they may have finally discovered …

A Bestiary Of Largely Forgotten Medieval Creatures

While dragons and unicorns have long topped the A-list of mythical animals, medieval bestiaries are filled with an assortment of bizarre creatures …

Ancient History

Ancient stories under our feet

Sacred Mysteries: unexpected link between a floor tile and National Gallery treasure<p>I’ve just discovered a connection between one of the most glorious pictures in the National Gallery and a square clay tile on the floor of the chapter-house at Westminster Abbey. I’d never given very much thought to …

Mysteries of medieval graffiti in England's churches

<b>Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and "demon traps" have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England's past. What do the pictures reveal about life in the Middle Ages?</b><p>A project to record the graffiti, which began in Norfolk, has now been rolled out to other areas and …

Medieval Manuscripts Depict A Terrifying Tale Of The Walking Dead

And you thought zombie comics were a recent idea? Over the centuries, medieval artists applied their talents to illustrate a mysterious tale of …

Ten Medieval Inventions that Changed the World

<i>Ten Inventions from the Middle Ages that have had lasting importance, even to the present-day.</i><p>A medieval clock in Prague<p><b>1. Mechanical …

Dungeons that held 'Dracula' located at Tokat castle

9/09/2014 03:00:00 PM<p>Restoration works in the Tokat Castle have discovered a secret tunnel leading to the Pervane Bath and a military shelter. Two …

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city

<b>Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city, which was hidden for centuries. New archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets - including an elaborate network of temples and boulevards, and sophisticated engineering.</b><p>In April 1858 a young French explorer, Henri …

Rare Anglo Saxon carving found by gardener

12/03/2014 10:00:00 PM<p>Looking for some natural stone for a rockery in his garden, John Wyatt thought he had found a bargain when he saw a job lot …

Secret tunnel in Dracula’s castle to open to tourism

TOKAT – Doğan News Agency<p>The castle in Tokat, which has become famous as the place of Count Dracula’s captivity, is now going through a cleaning …

Turkey

Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom

Schoolboys forget their books, lose their pens and laugh at dirty jokes. This was true even in the rigorous atmosphere of the Anglo-Saxon …

10 Worst Misconceptions About Medieval Life You'd Get From Fantasy Books

Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it's tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But …

Ancient History

Rare medieval devotional panel found by River Thames goes on show

A rare medieval devotional panel is now on display at the Museum of London, depicting the capture, trial and execution of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, …

Dracula: Fact, Legend and Fiction

Dracula, the vampire that haunts our dreams, is the one created by the 19th-century author, Bram Stoker: but, as Paul Dukes explains here, there is a …